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The Pistons need to do a better job of moving the ball.
With eight new players and a new coaching staff, it's not a surprise that the first week was a bit sloppy offensively for the Pistons.
They're averaging more turnovers (18.8) than assists (18.5), the sixth worst ratio in the league. Their assist ratio of 14 (assists per 100 possessions) ranks 23rd. Overall, exactly half of their made baskets have been unassisted; Miami has assisted on 75.7 percent of their baskets.
The return of Brandon Jennings from a jaw injury should help eventually, but he still needs to develop on-court chemistry with his teammates—he played just one game during preseason. Even then, he hasn't been the best facilitator in his young career.
Chauncey Billups is a great passer, but he has lost a step at age 37, and his days of playing major minutes are gone. Will Bynum is a solid backup, but he, like Jennings, is a score-first guard.
The Pistons may need to look to their big men to generate ball movement. Monroe averaged 3.5 assists per game in 2012-13 but is at just 1.8 thus far. As he begins to draw more double-teams from opponents, the Pistons should see more open shots on the perimeter.
Smith can also be used to create offense. Instead of using him as a spot-up shooter, Cheeks can run plays to get him attacking the basket. With the Hawks, he frequently was the ball-handler in a big-big pick-and-roll with Al Horford, and it was fairly successful.
As the players continue to play together, the chemistry will inevitably improve as will the fluidity of the offense. But Cheeks can help facilitate some of that by running plays that minimize the one-on-one play.